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Saturday November 22, 2014

Chrome 40 Beta Arrives with Revamped Bookmarks Manager, No SSL 3.0

Right on the heels of the release of the stable version of Chrome 39, Google has already pushed out Chrome Beta 40. Few details are available now, but the rollout will be staggered to beta testers over the next few weeks.

As for the SSL protocol, Google already disabled the fallback to version 3.0 in Chrome 39. In Chrome 40, the company is removing SSL 3.0 completely.

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Microsoft Patches Surface Pro 3

If you are one of the many who purchased a Surface Pro 3 and have experienced problems connecting to wireless networks, Microsoft has just the patch you are looking for. The update is now available.

Users have complained about problems with accessing wireless networks, and the update released on Wednesday should help fix any problems they’ve encountered.

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One of the Best Xbox One Exclusives of the Year is Free Today

For today only, Xbox Live Gold Subscribers will be able to download Sunset Overdrive for free. You only have today to grab this little goodie, so chop chop on the download. big grin

Microsoft is also giving away a bunch of digital goodies to everyone who bought an Xbox One before November 11th.

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New Report Claims 81 Percent of Tor Users Can Be Identified

In a newly released report, 81% of Tor users are still vulnerable to being identified by IP address through a process called Traffic Confirmation, that measures and matches up large amounts of data traffic originating from Tor nodes.

The Tor Project has responded to the claims via a blog post in which it explains that the network has never been designed to combat a technique such as traffic confirmation.

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Friday November 21, 2014

[H]ard|OCP Week in Reviews

Today is Friday and you know what that means! It is time once again for the [H]ard|OCP Week in Reviews! For anyone that might have missed them, we like to take a quick look back on the hardware evaluations and articles we posted earlier in the week. We kicked the week off with our evaluation of the In Win D-Frame Mini, followed by our NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 SLI 4K and NV Surround Review. Finally, we wrapped things up with our Far Cry 4 Video Card Performance and IQ Preview.

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MSI GTX 980 Gaming 4G Review

The crew at Neoseeker spent some quality time with the MSI GTX 980 Gaming 4G video card and, from what I gathered from the review, it seems they really liked the card.

After playing with the MSI GTX 980 GAMING 4G over the last week, I can't help but feel fully satisfied as a PC hardware enthusiast. First of all, the card looks stunning with a gamer oriented design and great build quality. The attention to detail shown by MSI in this Gaming TF5 series graphics card is quite impressive and translates into a piece of hardware that will complement any high-end gaming system build.

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[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cases: BitFenix Prodigy M Color @ XtremeHardware

ETC.: Cougar 700K Gaming Keyboard @ ocaholic

thinksound On1 Headphones @ APH Networks

Motherboards: Biostar A68N-5000 @ LanOC

PSU: XFX XTS Series 1000W @ techPowerUP!

Video: AOC 4K UHD 28" LCD @ NikKTech

FCC: Fear Of Lawsuits Is Holding Up Net Neutrality

How come I don't believe a word that comes out of this guy's mouth?

"The big dogs are going to sue regardless of what comes out," the Chairman told reporters today. "We need to make sure that we have sustainable rules, and that starts with making sure that we have addressed the multiplicity of issues that comes along and are likely to be raised." In other words, the FCC's plans for an open internet need to be strong enough weather the legal ire of ISPs opposed Net Neutrality.

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Detekt: A New Malware Detection Tool

The Electronic Frontier Foundation is offering up a new malware detection tool that will help you find out if the government is spying on you.

That's why we've joined together to support Detekt, a new malware detection tool developed by security researcher Claudio Guarnieri. Detekt is an easy-to-use, open source tool that allows users to check their Windows PCs for signs of infection by surveillance malware that we know is being used by government to spy on activists and journalists.

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Assassin's Creed Unity Crash Workaround Identified

The official Assassin's Creed blog has posted a workaround for the continue button crash in Assassin's Creed Unity. A better way to avoid all the problems with this game is to not buy it until it's fixed. big grin

This issue affects all platforms. The team is working hard on a fix for those players that have been affected by this. However, for players who haven’t experienced this issue, we highly recommend you take the following steps to prevent a crash:

  • Do not add any IN-GAME RECENT PLAYER as a GAME CONTACT

  • If you already have GAME CONTACTS, perform the following to remove them: My Brotherhood > My Contacts > Game Contacts (using RB/R1) > Focus on a Contact (LS) > More Actions (Y/Triangle) > Remove from contacts.

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In Win D Frame Mini Review

There is a review of the In Win D Frame Mini mini-ATX case posted today at PC Perspective. For comparison purposes, you can see our evaluation here.

The In Win D Frame mini is a product that defies convention. It is like the concept car before a final production model is introduced. While there are unique, useful concepts to the enclosure's design, the presentation challenges the end user to accept a radical departure. This shouldn't surprise anyone who has looked at In Win in the past, as the company puts style first (check out our previous review of the In Win 901).

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CMA Finds Streaming Better For Sales Than Radio

I don't find this too surprising, streaming really is where it is at nowadays.

In a recent study, the CMA found that listeners over the age of 18 were prone to purchase tunes after hearing them for the first time on YouTube, Spotify, Pandora and others rather than being introduced via AM/FM radio.

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Market Slams GameStop After Missing Q3 Expectations

It's kinda weird that GameStop is blaming the fact that it missed its earning expectations on Assassin's Creed: Unity being delayed.

GameStop generated $2.09 billion in revenue during its Q3. That is down 0.7 percent from $2.11 billion during the same period last year. It also is well under Wall Street’s estimate of $2.2 billion. The company also reported earnings per share of 50 cents, which missed analysts’ predictions of 61 cents. The company points to a tough comparison due to a major annual franchise moving into November, but it also claims that most of its internal numbers are looking up.

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BitTorrent Survey Finds Users Are Avid, Eclectic Content Buyers

This survey, conducted by BitTorrent, finds that its users are "avid and eclectic content buyers." Coincidentally, the survey also revealed that most BitTorrent users are handsome, successful, wealthy and popular with the ladies too. wink

A new study carried out by BitTorrent Inc. has found that the company's users aren't the freeloaders they're often made out to be. The study found that BitTorrent users are 170% more likely to have paid for digital music in the past six months and are 8x more likely to have a music streaming account when compared to the average Internet user.

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Gaming [H]eadlines

Assassin's Creed Unity Crash Workaround @ Blue's News

Destiny's The Dark Below Opening Cinematic @ Shacknews

Game of Thrones Iron From Ice Teaser @ VG24/7

Vivendi - Activision Lawsuit Settled For $275M @ Joystiq

Far Cry 4 Video Card Performance and IQ Preview

Our in-house graphics card gurus have published a Far Cry 4 Video Card Performance and IQ Preview for your viewing pleasure. Make sure you give it the once over if you haven't done so already.

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Far Cry 4 is here, and we take an early look at how current video cards stack up in performance, and which quality settings are graphically demanding. We will also look at some image quality comparisons and talk about the state of this game at launch. Will it measure up to Far Cry 3 in terms of graphic fidelity?

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ASUS ESC4000 G2S Powers World’s Number One Green500 Supercomputer

ASUS today announced that its ESC4000 G2S servers have powered their way to the top of the Green500 list of the world’s most energy-efficient supercomputers, as part of the L-CSC compute cluster constructed by the Darmstadt, Germany-based GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung, in cooperation with the Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies (FIAS). The cluster will be used for theoretical physics simulations in the field of quantum chromodynamics.

Driven by 160 ASUS ESC4000 G2S supercomputer servers, 224 AMD® FireProTM S9150 dual-GPU modules, an array of 112 Intel® Xeon® E5-2690 v2 processors and 896 16GB 1.35v DDR3-1600 memory modules, the L-CSC cluster at GSI manages an performance-efficiency ratio of 5.27GFLOPs (5270MFLOPs) per watt — beating hundreds of other contenders to the pinnacle of the prestigious Green500 rankings.

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[H]ardware Round-Up

Cases: Be Quiet! Silent Base 800 @ TechSpot

Cooling: Cooler Master Hyper D92 @ Hardware 360

ETC.: ASRock Z97 M8 Barebones @ techPowerUP!

Corsair Gaming M65 RGB Gaming Mouse @ Guru3D

Motherboards: ASUS Maximus VII Hero @ Hardwareoverclock

Storage: WD My Passport Pro 2TB @ TechARP

Celebrities Read Mean Tweets

Celebrities reading mean tweets always makes me laugh. It's Friday, laugh a little. smile

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SteamOS On A Sub-$400 Gaming System

The gang a Legit Reviews have put together a gaming system with SteamOS that cost less than $400. Hit the link to see how they did it, what they used and why.

Earlier in the week we showed off the parts we are going to use for a dedicated gaming machine using the SteamOS. The goal of the system was to build a gaming rig that would be comparable to the cost of the current generation of console systems. Since both the Playstation 4 and the Xbox One retail for $400.00, that's what the budget for this gaming system was set at. Today we are going to take a look at the SteamOS and see what it's all about!

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Goat MMO Simulator Is LIVE!

Goat MMO Simulator is now LIVE! Stop what you are doing right now and head on over to Steam and get you some. Now! What are you still doing here? big grin

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Phanteks Enthoo EVOLV Review

Dave Rattray and his band of merry men at Overclockers Club have published a review of the Phanteks Enthoo EVOLV this morning.

I'm glad Phanteks has left the option for a 5.25" bay, even if it's not in the correct place. This issue I have is very similar to the I/O ports where placement of the chassis comes increasing hard to think of places for it to sit. I feel the design team could have also found a way to place the bay in the front, even if it was just an optional setup. Of course the front panel design would have to be changed, but it would solve two problems that should be considered when buying any chassis.

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Uber Driver Threatens Cancer Patient

And the hits just keep rolling in for Uber.

Uber has a zero tolerance policy for abusive or threatening language on our platform, and as we have done in this instance, we immediately deactivate any driver found in violation of that policy. While the vast majority of Uber driver partners provide five-star trips with each ride, when a driver fails to meet the level of service and courtesy Uber riders know and love, we take action immediately.

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AMD FirePro Awarded Top Spot On The Green500 List

AMD powers the L-CSC cluster at the GSI research facility achieving the number one position for supercomputers on the latest Green500™ List, a ranking of the 500 most energy-efficient supercomputers in the world, with recognition as the world’s leader in energy-efficient high performance GPU computing (HPL). The L-CSC cluster is installed at the GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung GmbH research facility in Darmstadt, Germany, and is powered by AMD FirePro™ S9150 server GPUs.

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Intel Announces Increase In Quarterly Cash Dividend

At Intel Corporation's annual investor meeting today, the company announced that its board of directors has approved an increase in its cash dividend to 96 cents-per-share on an annual basis, a 6-cent increase, beginning with the dividend that will be declared in the first quarter of 2015. Intel also provided the 2015 business outlook. "Today's dividend announcement reflects the board's confidence in Intel's strategy," said Intel Chairman Andy Bryant. "It also reflects the board's ongoing commitment to create value and return cash to Intel's stockholders."

At the investor meeting, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich emphasized that Intel's highest shareholder value will come from a strategy to utilize the core assets that drive the company's PC and data center businesses to move into profitable, complementary market segments. Intel's leading-edge manufacturing capability, Intel architecture, and the use of shared IP are key elements of the growth strategy.

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Thursday November 20, 2014

New Steam Early Access Guidelines

According to this report, Valve is updating its Steam Early Access guidelines to properly "align expectations" for pre-release games.

Valve is presenting developers to help properly align expectations for pre-release games. They say they've confirmed the validity of these with "several developers," and most of these offer ways to accurately describe early access games, while other guidelines look to ensure this is the proper program for them to be using in the first place. Giant Bomb does note, however, that these are guidelines, rather than rules.

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[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cases: be quiet! Silent Base 800 @ eTeknix

be quiet! Silent Base 800 @ HT4U

Cooling: Noctua NF-S12A Series Fan @ Hardwareslave

ETC.: PC Perspective Podcast #327 @ PCPer

Motherboards: MSI B85M ECO @ PureOC

Video: Far Cry 4 PC Benchmarks @ TechSpot

Google Internet Balloon Crashes On Farm

"My internet just crashed" just took on a whole new meaning.

According to a report Thursday in the Afrikaans-language Beeld newspaper, Urbanus Botha, who farms in the arid landscape of the Karoo south of Bloemfontein and Lesotho in the center of South Africa, came across the crashed balloon and initially thought it a weather balloon from the nearby weather station at De Aar.

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Researchers Climb Glass Walls With New Invention

I think I'm going to keep my big ass on the ground and leave this one to those of you with a Spider-Man fetish. big grin

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A team of researchers working at Stanford University has used prior research involving the means by which gecko's climb walls to create pads that allow a human to do very nearly the same thing.

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